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2014-03-26 16:26:33

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Lumber Coalition is disappointed by today's London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) ruling that Canada is not required to continue to apply compensatory adjustments to export taxes under the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA), notwithstanding that the adjustments previously awarded by the LCIA for Canadian violations of the SLA have not been fully collected. In January 2011, the LCIA found that Quebec and Ontario...

2012-07-18 10:28:08

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Lumber Coalition is disappointed by today's London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) ruling that British Columbia's (BC) timber pricing practices do not circumvent the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). By selling large volumes of timber for a lower price than should have been charged under the BC Interior timber pricing system grandfathered in the SLA, BC moved Crown timber prices even further from...

2012-01-23 12:07:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Lumber Coalition today welcomes the announcement by the U.S. Trade Representative that the United States and Canada have agreed to extend the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) for a period of two years. The SLA will now remain in effect through October 2015 - extending a period of stability and predictability to trade in softwood lumber products between the two nations. "The Softwood Lumber Agreement is a compromise...

2011-09-02 12:03:56

Shipments increase by more than 70 percent compared to first half of 2010 A total of 569.2 million board feet of softwood logs and 232.2 million board feet of softwood lumber were exported from the West coast in April, May, and June, according to the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. "The volume of softwood log exports was up 37.8 percent from 413.1 million board feet in the first quarter of 2011, while the volume of softwood lumber exports was up 3.3...

2011-06-15 08:00:00

ST. LOUIS, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From flooring and cabinetry to moulding and furniture, American hardwoods have been treasured for generations, and for good reason. They offer warmth, durability, luxury, and design options that are unmatched by faux-wood products. Recently, however, an abundance of green product labels and misinformation has led to confusion in the marketplace, and has everyone asking, "Are American hardwoods really a sustainable resource?" The...

2011-01-21 14:01:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports welcomed today's London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) ruling that subsidies provided by the Ontario and Quebec governments to lumber manufacturers in their provinces violate the terms of the 2006 U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). This trade agreement prohibits the Canadian federal and provincial governments from providing new subsidies to the Canadian lumber industry after July...

2011-01-18 13:27:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports today welcomes United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk's decision to initiate arbitration under the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) to address timber pricing practices in the British Columbia (BC) Interior that circumvent the SLA. Since the spring of 2007, the British Columbia Government has sold BC Interior lumber producers enormous amounts of timber that was improperly classified as...

2010-10-08 14:23:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports applauds today's announcement by the U.S. government that it has initiated consultations under the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement in order to resolve and remedy ongoing violations by British Columbia of the terms of the trade agreement. At issue are British Columbia's practices that have led to a dramatic reduction of stumpage costs for BC Interior lumber producers through a massive increase in...

2010-06-04 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Province of British Columbia has begun to implement changes to its pricing system for public timber which are likely to permanently lock in recent timber pricing abuses that are in direct violation of the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber trade agreement. The Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports maintains that correcting and remedying B.C. stumpage pricing abuses that were, and continue to be, in violation of the SLA is essential to preserving the...

2010-04-21 12:02:00

BOSTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Crow's Weekly Market Report (Crow's), today reported that as a result of continually rising US lumber prices, the export duty for Canadian softwood lumber has been lowered from 15% to 10% for the month of May. Crow's, published weekly by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, indicated that this reduction is due to the terms of the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA), which regulates the inter-country trade of softwood...